Honoring Westport Volunteer, Peter Green

Volunteer role: Dog walker and trainer

Length of service: 6.5 years

I started volunteering because… I had graduated professional dog training school. There was a rescue at the school, and part of the curriculum was to work with and train the dogs in the rescue, and to sit in on the meet and greets. To see the dogs go to homes was a great experience that I wanted to still be part of.

My favorite part of volunteering is… being part of a great group of people with a common goal and with whom I have formed great friendships.

My most memorable volunteer experience was… working with a dog named Wilson who we helped train to be able to have a chance to get to a forever home. After he was trained, Maria (a fellow volunteer) and I made a video to show his progress. The video was posted, and within hours he was adopted. I even went and visited Wilson in his new home.

I know I am making a difference when… we get updates on the dogs in their new homes. Nothing better than a picture and a nice story of how well they are doing.

The little things I do to help make a pets’ stay at CHS better are… spending time with a dog and learning what will help them, whether it be manners training, playing a game of fetch or just sitting quietly with them.